Matt Vaega

Outstanding and consistent form for the championship-winning North Harbour side, has earned Matt Vaega his third year with the Blues. Young midfield back selected for Wider Training Group in 2015, and in as an injury-replacement in 2016, playing five games for the Blues over the two seasons. He played for NZ Schools in 2012 and […]

Ihaia West

The Hawkes Bay native attended Napier Boys’ High School where he first found the sport. He was selected for NZ Under 20 team in 2012 and was one of the Hawkes Bay Magpies’ stars in 2013, the same year that he was selected for the Maori All Blacks tour of North America. His performance during […]

31 May 2017

Q&A with Dave Ellis

Blues assistant coach Dave Ellis is something of a rugby nomad, having plied his trade in South Africa, Ireland, Argentina, and New Zealand. We caught up with the highly-respected skills coach near the end of his debut season with our club, to ask him about his life, his work, and his new favourite team. How […]

Lolagi Visinia

Lolagi Visinia has been turning heads with his pace and mature kicking game ever since high school. The Kelston Boys’ High School graduate started out with his school’s First XV, where he made the NZ Secondary Schools squad and helped the team to a national top four position in 2011. Soon after, Visinia was recruited […]

12 May 2017

Eden Park try fest

The Blues ran in eight tries to thump a feisty Cheetahs side 50-32 at Eden Park tonight, banking a crucial bonus point in the process. It wasn’t always pretty – the team will rue some handling errors and a lack of cohesion during much of the first half – but sometimes it absolutely was, with plenty […]

Namatahi Waa

Namatahi Waa has gained experience at both the club and Mitre 10 Cup level up in Northland, earning a spot with the Taniwhas in 2014. The prop was also a member of the Blues Development team in 2014 and 2015.

06 Jun 2017

Blues v British & Irish Lions Preview

History will be made on Wednesday night when our Blues face the combined might of the British & Irish Lions for the very first time. The DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 kicked off in Whangarei on Saturday night with a 13-7 win for the tourists over a New Zealand Barbarians side featuring Blues players Bryn […]

31 May 2017

Q&A with nutritionist Dave Shaw

Team nutritionist Dave Shaw fuels the team for success on the footy field. We asked him about his role at the Blues, the benefits of a healthy diet, and what a promising young athlete should be doing to lift their performance to the next level. Tell us a bit about your role at the Blues […]

02 Jun 2017

The history of British & Irish Lions tours to NZ

In rugby, there’s nothing quite like the British & Irish Lions – the history, the pageantry, the combined might of four top-tier rugby nations. You’d be forgiven for not remembering the first British Lions team to tour NZ, because you wouldn’t have been alive in 1904. They managed to beat a combined team from Canterbury/West […]